In Ghost Peppers We Do not Trust

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I have a thriving ghost pepper plant in the garden. No false advertising here. These peppers look evil.

Why am I even growing these? I don’t even like hot food. I’m an admitted wuss when it comes to that.

But I am not embarrassed by this. I’m not intimidated by macho guys who eat these things.

I am not cowed by this because I know why I don’t like hot food. Sensitivity. I don’t mean the boo-hoo kind of sensitivity. I mean the level of awareness to sensory activity. It’s a trait.

This trait is sometimes referred to as hypersensitivity or maybe more understandably HSP (Highly Sensitive Person). It’s a trait in the way OCD and ADHD are traits. It just is.

One of the conditions is described like this:

High level of sensitivity to physical (via sound, sigh, touch, or smell) and or emotional stimuli

So no ghost peppers for me. Or loud noises. Or any noises for that matter. Startle the shit out of me. You know the whole princess and the pea thing (

But why is this important? Mostly because if you have this trait being aware may help you understand why you react the way you do to certain things. Kind of like knowing if you are introverted. You don’t have to feel weird about it (I mean, you might be weird anyway, but this shouldn’t be cause to feel that way).

And it’s important for others to you know you are this way. They may better understand you, I mean assuming that is what you would like.

I’ve embraced HSP along with my introversion. There are a lot of advantages to it. There are disadvantages as well, but I just try to avoid those situations.

So I am not eating any of that damned hot food. So get over it. But if this rings a bell for you, you are not alone.

Anyway, here is a link to information on HSP from the go-to person in the field. Lots of resources once you start digging.

Apparently why I am growing ghost peppers is another story.

About joegergen

To evoke a smile. That's all. Author of "Methane Wars: A Fable" and "Lear's Fool" as well as various poems and some these painting things as well.
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